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“Ralph the Collector” Visits Saline, Michigan Train Enthusiast's Backyard Collection ... 8/10  
741
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #44 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 8/10  
740
In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash. ... 8/10  
739
  Carving Chips..... Nick O'Honnis Attends Robbie Horvath's 50th Birthday Party!
738
Ron Suddendorf Attends Steve Cox's Hobo Nickel Carving Class ... 8/10  
737
  Carving Chips..... Keith Pedersen filmed for “Discovery HD Theater”!
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736
  2011 OHNS Elongated "rolled" Tokens ... 7/10  
735
  Carving Chips..... Fall BoTales is Progressing
734
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #43 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 7/10 
733
  Carving Chips..... Bison Popular Subject in “Jerry Easter” Sketches
732
  Advertising One's Obsession Pays Off for “Ralph the Collector” ... 7/10  
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731
Click to read all posted American Experience news items   American Experience: “Hoover Dam” ... 6/10  
730
  “Ralph the Collector” Meets “Adam the Rad Nickel Carver” ... 6/10  
729
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #42 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 6/10 
728
  Hobo nickel carver using initials “JAG” −by Jennifer Johnson ... 6/10  
727
Click to read all posted American Experience news items   American Experience: “Surviving the Dust Bowl” ... 6/10  
726
OHNS “Engraver's Honorarium” Project Launched ... 6/10
725
  PhotoSTEEL ~ Making memories permanent ... 6/10  
724
Click to read all posted American Experience news items   American Experience: “The Civilian Conservation Corps” ... 6/10  
723
  Ann Arbor, MI:  “Tags”, “Murals” and “Sculptures” ... 6/10  
722
Click to read all posted American Experience news items   American Experience: “The Crash of 1929” ... 6/10  
721
  Summer 2010 “BoTales” Feature Articles ... 6/10  
720
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #41 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 6/10 
719
Click to read all posted American Experience news items   American Experience: “Riding the Rails” ... 6/10  
718
  A Hobo About To Go Traveling! −by Marcus Hunt ... 6/10  
717
  Zarathustra Carving by Stephen D. Cox ... 6/10  
716
  The Hobo Nickel ~ By Bill Fivaz ... A Tribute to “Bo” Hughes and Other Hobo Nickel Artists ... 6/10  
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742 
20 August 2010
Ralph the Collector* Visits
Saline, Michigan Train Enthusiast's Backyard Collection
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* A.K.A.:  Ralph Winter.
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Click to read all historical dossiers 741  14 August 2010
De Zwerver Dossier #44 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya
Classic... $213 on eBay
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“Flat Nose”... $226, $385 and $405 on eBay
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Classic... $459 on eBay
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Howard Thomas... $395 eBay
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Marcus Hunt... $718 on eBay
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Amy Armstrong... Private Sale
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Harley-Davidson... $11 eBay
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Classic... $259 on eBay
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Classic... $36 Private Buy
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Howard Thomas... $510 each on eBay
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Old Original Tintype
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Courtesy of Owen Covert
“Smoothie”... Derby hat & Straw-hat
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Steve Ellsworth... $307 eBay
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Steve Cox... Private Sale
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Translation... “The Hobo File #44 [ bits and pieces ]”
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740 
11 August 2010
Art DelFavero just acquired a Dean Markley Strings advertisement featuring an imaginary carved nickel!
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Our agency developed this advertisement for Dean Markley Strings. The nickel never existed.
The concept was based on the troubles Willie Nelson had with the IRS. A bit of dark humor.
You can place it on the OHNS website, however due to copyrights, no other use is granted.
Andrew J. Ramirez ~
Ramirez & AssociatesClick to visit website.
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739 
  Carving Chips.....   • Nick O'Honnis Attends Robbie Horvath's 50th Birthday Party! •  
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Nick O'HonnisAdriana HorvathRobbie blowing out candles
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738  3 August 2010
Ron Suddendorf Attends Steve Cox's Hobo Nickel Carving Class
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Ron Suddendorf is a member of the Michigan
Silversmith's Guide
and an experienced engraver.
He attended a five day Hobo Nickel Carving Class
by Stephen D. Cox in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With a quick review of the tools, sharpening gravers,
and surface preparation he started cutting nickels.
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The Classic Hat, Ear & Beard on the Indian's head was Ron's first Hobo Nickel project.
The Las Vegas Icon Vegas Vic is a class project that makes for a nice souvenir.
The final project for class was from artwork Ron provided.
While Ron played with nickels during the day, his wife explored Las Vegas.
Together they saw the city's night lights.
Hobo Nickels make GREAT practice plates for engravers. ~ Steve Cox
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Hobo Nickel
BASIC ENGRAVING CLASS

Five Day Class (Mon-Fri) in Las Vegas, NV
COST: $750.00
CLASS PROJECT: Complete HOBO NICKEL ready for SALE on eBay!
This course teaches basic hand engraving skills.
Engraving a Hobo Nickel will help you learn
to execute a variety of fundamental engraving cuts that builds confidence and accuracy.
The Beginner has the opportunity to get PAID to ENGRAVE
while building a foundation to engrave on Knives, Firearms, Jewelry, Etc.
For an Experienced engraver, Hobo Nickels can be an additional source of Income.
Hobo Nickels are Sold on eBay, everyday!
Stephen D. Cox
1-702-431-9196
SDC SERVICESClick to visit Steve's website
Fine Hand Engraving by STEPHEN D. COX
Hobo Nickels - Knives - Firearms - Jewerly - Dies
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737 
  Carving Chips.....   • Keith Pedersen filmed for “Discovery HD Theater”! •  
Keith recently engraved some parts for a bike built by Copper Mike of Gravesend Cycles.
The bike build was filmed for Discovery HD Theater show
Two Wheeled Thunder − An American Icon.” Click to view Two Wheeled Thunder TV Listings (show schedule.)
Check here for information on when the show will air... [ August 16th, 9pm ]
Click to view Keith's photos. Click to view Keith's photos. In the meantime here are some photos taken during filming, as well as of the parts.
736 
27 July 2010
2011 OHNS Elongated "rolled" Tokens
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Elongated "rolled" OHNS tokens dated 2011 were created at the 2010 FUN Show. There are a few of the rolled nickels
available at $5 for a single nickel ($9 for two nickels.)  Order two rolled nickels and get a single rolled penny FREE!
  Order from Don HaleyClick for ordering information.
Dies by Ray Dillard  
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735 
  Carving Chips.....   • Fall BoTales is Progressing •  
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Click to read all historical dossiers 734  22 July 2010
De Zwerver Dossier #43 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya
JM Zach Norris at ANA S.S.
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John Schipp...  If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!  Before and after recarving.
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LM Bill Fivaz at ANA S.S.
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“Tufty”... $190 on eBay
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“Braidy”... $170 on eBay
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Classic... $152 on eBay
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John Schipp... $209 on eBay
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“Slim Shady”... $143 on eBay
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Doug Southerland... $155 eBay
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Howard Thomas... $210 and $213 on eBay
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John Carter... $69 from B&M
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Steve Ellsworth... $206 eBay
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Eric Truitt... $47, $47 and $54 on eBay
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“Good Luck” token... $18 on eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #43 [ bits and pieces ]”
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733 
  Carving Chips.....   • Bison Popular Subject in “Jerry Easter” Sketches •  
“We the People” Sketch by Jerry Easter“We the People” Clip by Jerry Easter
We the People
“The Buffalo Hunters” Sketch by Jerry Easter“The Buffalo Hunters” Clip by Jerry Easter
The Buffalo Hunters
“Nothing Lasts forever only the Earth and the Mountains” Sketch by Jerry Easter
Nothing Lasts...
“My Little Fox Awakening” Sketch by Jerry Easter“My Little Fox Awakening” Clip by Jerry Easter
My Little Fox Awakening
“Just Let Me Breathe the Air” Sketch by Jerry Easter
Just Let Me Breathe...
“Ghost Dancer” Sketch by Jerry Easter
Ghost Dancer
“Face of a Thousand Winters” Sketch by Jerry Easter“Face of a Thousand Winters” Clip by Jerry Easter
Face of a Thousand Winters
“Bury My Heart With My People” Sketch by Jerry Easter
Bury My Heart...
“Bison” Sketch by Jerry Easter“Bison” Clip by Jerry Easter
Bison
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732 
4 July 2010
Advertising One's Obsession Pays Off for Ralph the Collector*
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...and he wasn't even walking around at a Coin Convention!
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* A.K.A.:  Ralph Winter.
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Click to read all posted American Experience news items 731  27 June 2010
Hoover Dam
   During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, overcoming technical challenges to erect one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Click to watch “Hoover Dam” online. Click to view “Films: Recent Broadcasts.”
730 
26 June 2010
Ralph the Collector* Meets Adam the Rad Nickel Carver*

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* A.K.A.:  Ralph Winter and Adam Leech.
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Click to read all historical dossiers 729  26 June 2010
De Zwerver Dossier #42  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Classic... $66 on eBay
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Classic... $105 on eBay
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Classic... $157 on eBay
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Classic... $181 on eBay
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Classic... $245 on eBay
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Classic... $70 on eBay
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Classic... $103 on eBay
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Jim Stewart... $150 on eBay
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“Tufty”... $181 on eBay
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Bob Shamey... $274 on eBay
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Howard Thomas... $150, $200, $200, and $240
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Howard Thomas... $300 and $395
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Classic... Offered on eBay
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“Good Luck” token... $11 on eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #42 [ bits and pieces ]”
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728  25 June 2010
Hobo nickel carver using initials “JAG”
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     My name is Jennifer Johnson and “JAG” is my husband. He is not yet aware that I have contacted you. I happened to come across the OHNS website while looking at other hobo nickels and I recognized the clown that he had carved in 2006 [Shown here at bottom right. − v-dubya] He started wood carving after a long stay in the hospital in 1996. He was not able to get around at that time and is the type of person that has to stay busy with his hands all of the time. He started making animal figures for our children and I talked him into selling some because I thought that other people would truly appreciate his work. He is an incredible artist so I entered some of his work in a state carving competition and he won grand champion and best of show.
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     My husband happened to see a couple of hobo nickels that someone he knew had and was very intrigued with how difficult they might be to do. He is always up for a challenge. He spent some time researching them and it reminded him of the financial difficulties that his parents worked through when he was growing up. He then decided to try his hand at it and made about 30 of them in 2006 and sold all of them or gave them away as gifts. Everyone raved about them. He has always idolized his parents so when he began carving these he came up with the initials “JAG” as a kind of a tribute to them... James and Gertrude. He also used Edward (his middle name) instead of of his real name, which is Craig Johnson. We live in Springfield, Illinois.
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     Craig has not carved any nickels since 2006 until a couple of months ago when he carved a few more. He has been talking to me a lot about doing some more and trying to get a little more creative and detailed with them. I know he used some type of hand tools like chisels and a rotary tool to texture with. I have attached a couple photos of the nickels that he recently did and a photo of Craig.
     I am hoping that your website will give him the motivation to continue carving hobo nickels because I enjoy looking at them as much as his wood carvings. I can't wait to surprise him with this like I did when I entered his wood carvings in the state carving competition. If I know my husband, the more he carves the better they get. ~ Jennifer Johnson
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Click to read all posted American Experience news items 727  22 June 2010
Surviving the Dust Bowl
   The story of the farmers who came to the Southern Plains of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas dreaming of prosperity, and lived through ten years of drought, dust, disease and death.
Click to watch “Surviving the Dust Bowl” online. Click to view “Films: Recent Broadcasts.”
726 
21 June 2010
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OHNS “Engraver's Honorarium” Project Launched

   The OHNS “Engraver's Honorarium” project is to be managed with complete autonomy by the OHNS President or his designee. The purpose of this project is to perpetuate the synergy, which occurred at the OHNS table during the 2010 January FUN Convention, between the viewing public and our member volunteers. The fact that something interesting was going on at the OHNS table made our organization really shine in the spotlight.

   Foremost, OHNS would provide an annual budget for our President to award up to a maximum of four individual $300 Engraver's Honorariums for OHNS members who have engraving skills adequate, in the sole judgment of our President, to share in providing engraving demonstrations at the OHNS table.
   The only constraints on the applicants would be that: 1) they have been an OHNS member for a minimum of three years, 2) their annual dues are not in arrears at the time of the January FUN Convention and 3) they are willing and able to participate actively in demonstrating how nickels are carved.

   The OHNS President has the responsibility to restrict the number of available honorariums, at any point during the process, depending upon a multitude of factors including but not limited to: 1) the availability of funds as determined by the OHNS Treasurer, 2) the availability of space at the OHNS table as determined by the OHNS President with input from the other OHNS volunteer's working at the January FUN Convention, and 3) any limitations set by any FUN Convention official.
   Honorariums not awarded in any given year do not accumulate thus becoming available for awarding in a subsequent year.

   Any engraver who is offered an honorarium but is, regardless of the reason, unable to attend the specified January FUN Convention will not have an honorarium reserved to be awarded at a subsequent January FUN Convention.
   If OHNS receives more than four applicants for an honorarium in any year our President would select from the applicants by first dropping any he selects from those who had received an honorarium the previous year. If there remain more than four applicants our President has authority to select from among them as he sees fit and not necessarily on a first-come first-serve basis.

   Additionally, in the first year of the project OHNS would allow for a one time budget, up to a maximum of $500, to acquire any engraving tools and supplies needed in the judgment of Keith Pedersen and Art DelFavero with the concurrence with our President. The $500 budget would remain available until exhausted.
   The OHNS Treasurer would be responsible for keeping an account of OHNS funds expended for tools and supplies. The OHNS President would be responsible to; 1) report expenditures to the OHNS Treasurer, 2) keep the acquired tools and supplies preserved and accounted for and 3) have the tools available from one year to the next.

   Finally, regardless of any commitments made by the OHNS President, until the successful applicant has reported to the OHNS table at the January FUN Convention: 1) any individual honorarium can be cancelled without showing due cause and 2) the entire project can be discontinued by a simple majority vote by the OHNS Board at any point during its annual cycle, without liability assigned or damages due.
   The OHNS President is not required, or expected, to seek approval of the OHNS Board for any individual actions taken under this on-going project with-in its stated guidelines unless in his sole judgment such is desirable.
Contact: Rollie Taylor Click to EMail this person.
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725  20 June 2010
Click to visit the “PhotoSteel” website.
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   I had my very talented brother at PhotoSTEEL's sister company “Custom Signs on Metal” make up the small PhotoSteel sign shown here for Don Haley.
   The one I shipped was a 4" diameter sign but we can make just about any size. ~ Donnie M. Davis Click to EMail this person. RM#1135
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Click to read all posted American Experience news items 724  14 June 2010
The Civilian Conservation Corps
   One of the most popular New Deal programs, the CCC put three million young men to work in camps across America during the height of the Great Depression.
Click to watch “The Civilian Conservation Corps” online. Click to view “Films: Recent Broadcasts.”
723  13 June 2010
Ann Arbor, MI:  “Tags”, “Murals” and “Sculptures”
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Tags (on column at left) and Murals (across street) looking West under RR Overpass.
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Photos by Art DelFavero ~ Spring 2010  
   Modern Hobo Art Mystery in Ann Arbor, Michigan: Since 1999 I have been traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, at least twice a week for business. Over this period of time I've noticed some ever-changing sculpture using rocks and slabs of concrete. The area where these items reside is located between the Huron River and the train depot. Based on the looks and the location it has been very easy for me to create a mental scenario that some hobos or transients were and are responsible for this perpetual phenomenon.
   Over the years I have made some minor inquiries to locals from all walks of life, but no one could give me any info on the creators. Lately I have been more aggressive and today my tenacity paid off. One of the artists, Steve, is from Alma Iowa. The other is a local businessman named Doug Lane Allen, to whom I spoke directly. Together these two have kept a local mystery going for many years. ~ Art Del Favero ~ 5/4/2010
   My friend Cullen Neaton and I painted this mural in 2002. It was funded by Peter Allen and Associates. It was a part of a larger project to clean up and beautify the North part of Main street. I have tried to muster up funding over the years to renovate and restore the murals under the Main Street underpass, but have been unsuccessful. The mural is loved by many. It would be great to bring it back to life. ~ Mary Thiefels ~ 6/14/2010 ~ TreeTown Murals ~ www.treetownmurals.com
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Click to read all posted American Experience news items 722  8 June 2010
The Crash of 1929
   The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, ultimately leading to the Great Depression.
Click to watch “The Crash of 1929” online. Click to view “Films: Recent Broadcasts.”
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8 June 2010
Summer 2010 “BoTales” Feature Articles
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. A Day with a Ten Year Old by Dave Boulay ..... Front Cover
BoTales Banner Banter & Editor's Message ..... 2
New OHNS Members ..... 2
BoTales Publishing Schedule ..... 2
President's Message ..... 3
Another 20th Century Carver Found ..... 3
Self Portrait or Modern Carving? ..... 3
OHNS Will be at Summer F.U.N. ..... 3
ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship ..... 4
We're Waiting to Hear Your Story ..... 4
Submitting Coins for Quality Designation ..... 5
Guidebook Reprints Available ..... 5
Young Numismatists Supported ..... 5
Auction 19 Submission Deadline ..... 5
Slide Presentations to Soon be Available on CD-ROM ..... 5
Important Things to Know When on the Road ..... 6
OHNS Board Members ..... 7
Hobo Tokens Available ..... 7
Membership & Quality Designation Form ..... 8
BoRetro − The Origin of the Word “Hobo” ..... 9
BoRetro − Who Is a Hobo? ..... 9
BoRetro − Hobo Postcard ..... 9
Kosher Carvings by Verne Walrafen ..... 10-11
Introducing “Notch Nose” ..... 14
Introducing “Curly” ..... 14
Introducing “Zee Gouger” ..... 15
The Immortality Coin by J. T. McManus ..... 14
Hotel Information for 2011 FUN Convention ..... 14
Member Quests ..... 15
23 Skidoo...Update by Carol Bastable ..... 16-17
Some Recent eBay Sales of Hobo Nickels ..... 18
More Recent eBay Sales of Hobo Nickels ..... 19
Tradition Continued ..... Back Cover
Hobo Bread ..... Back Cover
Introducing “Notch Nose”, “Curly”, and “Zee Gouger”
Click to read this article −by Fred Avan RM908, Marc Banks RM538, Arturo DelFavero RM552 and Verne Walrafen HLM620 Click to read this article
  “Notch Nose”  
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  “Curly”  
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  “Zee Gouger”  
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Click to read all historical dossiers 720  7 June 2010
De Zwerver Dossier #41 [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Marcus Hunt... $393 eBay
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New nickel carver Chris DeCamillis arrives on the scene with a HUGE splash!
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Classic... Offered on eBay
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Ralph Winter finds SECOND 'Good Luck' “Big Nose”
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Classic... $44 on eBay
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Marc Banks' Double Sided Classic
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Classic... $245 eBay
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“Beady Eye”... $307 eBay
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“Rough Beard”... $74 eBay
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“Rough Beard”... cleaned
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Classic... Offered on eBay
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Donnie Davis' Classic [1917]
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Larry Foster... $400 eBay
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Marcus Hunt... $499 eBay
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Classic... $79 eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #41 [ bits and pieces ]”
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Click to read all posted American Experience news items 719  6 June 2010
Riding the Rails
   At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter million teenagers were living on the road in America, many criss-crossing the country by illegally hopping freight trains.
   This film tells the story of ten of these teenage hobos -- from the reasons they left home to what they experienced -- all within the context of depression-era America.
Click to watch “Riding the Rails” online. Click to view “Films: Recent Broadcasts.”
718  6 June 2010
A Hobo About To Go Traveling!   −by Marcus Hunt
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   Hi guys, I've just discovered a new hobby quite by accident. Whilst looking at hobo nickels on Ebay I noticed something called a geocoin. After a bit of research I found that its part of a world wide game called 'geocaching'. It involves using a handheld gps to find what's known as a cache. You can then either exchange an item from the cache with something else and/or fill in a log to say you found it. My wife and dog like the walking aspect and I like the challenge and the gadget. More can be found on the subject at www.geocaching.com.
   The caches often contain 'geocoins' or 'travel bugs' which are items that are not for keeps but are meant to travel from cache to cache. Someone finds it and then moves it on to another geocache somewhere else. Often these items might have a specific goal. With this in mind I bought a travel bug tag and knocked out a basic hobo nickel (it only took 20 minutes) on a worn coin. Hopefully we'll be placing it in it's first cache this weekend.
   The hobo's name is “Bert” and his aim is to make it back to the USA and travel to all 50 States. You can follow his travels if you like by going to www.geocaching.com and then searching the trackable items. (Or by clicking here... Travel Bug Dog Tag & Hobo Nickel “Bert”- vdubya) Bert's tracking number is TB3ENF5. I wonder how far he'll get and where he'll pass through on his travels?
   “Bert” is a modern reproduction of a hobo nickel. Originally, these little coins were carved on indian head nickels by hobos in the years of the Great Depression. They were often used in exchange for a meal or train ride, etc. This one was created by the owner from a pretty poor condition 1936 coin. My current goal is to travel from the UK back to the USA and eventually visit all 50 states. In the meantime traveling the world is fine so long as he eventually makes it across the Atlantic to America. Please help Bert to make it back to the USA and visit every State in the Union.
   Marcus just dropped “Bert” off in Cotswold Stone at the Thor Stone. Decryption Key: Decription Key
He gave the co-ordinates plus an encrypted location hint of “Onfr bs gerr ba vapyvar.” ~ vdubya ~ 6/6/2010
  Find out where I am now! ~ Hobo “Bert”Click to find out where I am now!
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Zarathustra Carving by Stephen D. Cox
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     This is truly a wonderful representation... exactly as I have seen Zarathustra in my head since 1963 or 1964 when I first drew him in high school. He will take an honored place among my hobo nickels; indeed, I'm putting him at my drawing board desk so he can inspire me! The Golden Arches (in gold!) fit him well, as does his copper-ish bulb nose... which I've always likened to a “soft bowling ball stuck on the end of his muzzle.”
     I'm gratified that my little rat has brought a smile to your face. He has adorned various rock concert posters since the San Francisco Haight days, political posters, editorial cartoons, advertising art, kiddy books, animations, company brochures, etc., for going-on-50 years. Like me... he doesn't make so many appearances these days when the youngsters all want computer-produced “art” and animations seem to come from Macintosh programs rather than from the hands of old “pen'n'inkers” like me. −Fred Ross ...out in Solon, Ohio, where trains still sing their songs on warm summer nights and you can hear the symphony of their wheels over those old roadbeds headed southwest to Kentucky.
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4 June 2010
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The Hobo Nickel     By Bill Fivaz
A Tribute to “Bo” Hughes and Other Hobo Nickel Artists
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     These files were created from 35mm slides taken by Bill Fivaz in the later 1980's and early 1990's. Bill used these slides to show at the 1992 ANA Summer Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado which lead to the formation of the Original Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS). By the time the OHNS Board made the decision to digitize this material at the 2010 annual meeting, only an audio tape of Presentation #1 still existed and the quality of the first 6-7 minutes was poor due to tape deterioration. Presentation #1 is presented in a MPG audio/video format. Presentation #1 and the other presentations are also on this disc in PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat formats. There are also files of the photos only and the written text.
     A free PowerPoint viewer can be obtained by going to ___office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA100966951033.aspx___ or by searching for free PowerPoint viewer using Google or some other Internet search engine.
     The free Adobe Acrobat Viewer can be obtained at ___get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions___.
     If your Windows Media Player is unable to open the “Video with Audio Commentary” MPG file of Presentation #1, you may need to download an updated codec (short for “coder-decoder”). ___download.cnet.com/Media-Player-Codec-Pack/3000-13632_4-10749065.html___ is a safe site to go to to update the codec for your computer. Then click “Download Now”.
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The heavy lifting on this project was done by Ralph Winter!   
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